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Specialist High Skills Major

SHSM Summer School-Two credit co-op

Co-operative Education is a mandatory course for SHSM students.  It can be difficult to add this to demanding timetables during the regular school year.  For this reason, SHSM students have access to this in the month of July.  Please see Guidance for more information.  

2018 Summer Co-op Information Sheet and Calendar.pdf


The SHSM–Agriculture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on agricultural equipment or animal and crop science. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Non Profit Program 

The Non Profit Program is a specialized program that will allow Holy Cross students in Grades 11 and 12 to focus their learning on the non profit sector while meeting the requirements to graduate with their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.   

The non profit sector offers a wide range of careers that are dynamic, engaging and rewarding in areas such as art, culture, social justice, education, information technology, health care, and social development. 

The common vision throughout this growing sector in Canada’s economy is the desire to make a difference both in our community and throughout the world working with various aid organizations.​

Non Profit Community Sector Partner- St. Clair Region Conservation Authority

Certifications and Training for Non-Profit Students:

Four (4) compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)ethical considerationsStandard First AidWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction
Three (3) electives from the list below
behavior managementcommunication skillscompass/map/global positioning system (GPS)conflict resolution
customer serviceenvironmental awarenessequity and inclusionevent coordination
fundraisinggroup dynamicsincident managementInnovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE)
legal/administrative proceduresleadership skillsnon-violent crisis interventionpersonality inventory
portfolio developmentproject managementproposal/grant writingSafeTALK
sector-specific software 1self-defencesocial media networkingsuccessful exhibiting

Upcoming Dates Semester 2 Co-op-SHSM Calendar 2018.docx

Congratulations to our students who completed their First Aid/ CPR Certification!

First Aid 1.jpgFirst Aid 2.jpg

Tuesday, February 20th: Personality Inventory and reach-ahead at Brescia University College 9:00-3:00 TRIP CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER/ BUSES    

Wednesday, March 21st: Customer Service Training and Leadership Training at Budweiser Gardens 9:00-3:00 ***Mandatory

 Permission Form (over 18) Budweiser Gardens March 21.pdf  Permission Form for Budweiser Gardens 21-Mar-2018.pdf

Tuesday, March 27th: Social Innovation at Pillar Non-Profits, London 9:00-3:00 ***Optional

Permission Form (over 18) Pillar March 27.pdf   Permission Form Pillar March 27th.pdf

Thursday, April 26th: Governance, Diversity and Inclusion at Pillar Non-Profits, London 9:00-3:00 ***Optional

Wednesday, May 16th: Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Training 8:30-3:00 *** Mandatory

SHSM Tracking- Non-Profit.pdf

HCC Specialist High Skills Major Application form OCTOBER 2017.pdf

SHSM Ministry of Education Link​